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WPTavern: Gutenberg 3.8 Released, Adds Full Screen Mode

WPTavern: Gutenberg 3.8 Released, Adds Full Screen Mode

Gutenberg 3.8 is available for download. This release features a full screen mode that hides both the admin bar and the menu. Unlike previous versions of Distraction-Free-Writing mode where things would fade in and out of view, these two items stay hidden until full-screen mode is disabled.

User Interface elements have been added to manage reusable blocks in bulk. Theme authors are now able to register editor styles for blocks by targeting the blocks themselves. This avoids combating CSS specificity and doesn’t require knowledge of the internal DOM structure for the editor. 

The block settings icon has been moved from the right side of blocks to the toolbar. This change sets the foundation for refactoring the toolbar and it reduces clutter by keeping the icons together.

Block Settings Moved to The Right Side of The Toolbar

Gutenberg 3.8 also contains a significant increase in performance thanks to a new hand-coded default block parser.

Having a formal specification of the Gutenberg block grammar has allowed us both to maintain a stable core during the almost 40 releases of the plugin and lately to allow competing parser implementation to evolve and be compared in terms of performance and correctness.

In concrete terms, we are shipping a new default implementation that is hundreds of times faster than the spec and has been stress tested with really long posts (including Moby Dick). These tests are also available for anyone to run against. Memory consumption has also gone down dramatically for server side operations. I’d like to specially thank Dennis Snell and Ivan Enderlin for their great work improving this area.

Matias Ventura

To see a complete list of changes along with links to their corresponding pull requests, check out the release post.


Gutenberg 3.8 is available for download. This release features a full screen mode that hides both the admin bar and the menu. Unlike previous versions of Distraction-Free-Writing mode where things would fade in and out of view, these two items stay hidden until full-screen mode is disabled. User Interface elements have been added to manage reusable blocks in bulk. Theme authors are now able to register editor styles for blocks by targeting the blocks themselves. This avoids combating CSS specificity and doesn’t require knowledge of the internal DOM structure for the editor.  The block settings icon has been moved from…

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WPTavern: Gutenberg is Slowly Rolling Out to WordPress.com Users

WPTavern: Gutenberg is Slowly Rolling Out to WordPress.com Users

As part of the roadmap unveiled at WordCamp EU earlier this year, WordPress.com has started rolling out Gutenberg to a subset of users.

Try Gutenberg Call-out on WordPress.com

According to a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer, the team is testing the implementation to determine the best way and time to enable it. Users will not be able to use Gutenberg unless their theme is updated to support blocks and the various alignment options.

Theme Wranglers are already in the process of adding support to WordPress.com’s nearly 100 free themes.

A quick search of the WordPress.com support forums for Gutenberg provides some insight into what users think about the new editor. For example, this user provided feedback on the use of so many icons without displaying their textual equivalent.

For now, Gutenberg is opt-in but eventually will be opt-out. Once Gutenberg is made available to a wider audience, support documents and official blog posts will be published to inform users about the new editor.


As part of the roadmap unveiled at WordCamp EU earlier this year, WordPress.com has started rolling out Gutenberg to a subset of users. Try Gutenberg Call-out on WordPress.com According to a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer, the team is testing the implementation to determine the best way and time to enable it. Users will not be able to use Gutenberg unless their theme is updated to support blocks and the various alignment options. Theme Wranglers are already in the process of adding support to WordPress.com’s nearly 100 free themes. A quick search of the WordPress.com support forums for Gutenberg provides some insight…

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WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 330 – WPShout, Community, and Burnout

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 330 – WPShout, Community, and Burnout

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Fred Meyer, David Hayes, and Alex Denning of WPShout to learn about WPShout’s Pro Community. This community aims to bring people together to learn from each other and provide one-to-one mentorship opportunities with David and Fred.

Later in the show, John and I discuss why it’s a matter of when and not if, Dark Mode will be added to WordPress. We round out the show by discussing burnout and some other personal things.

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Dark Mode is Possibly Coming to a WordPress Dashboard Near You

WordPress Coding Standards 1.1.0 Released

Meetup Group Organizers Can Now Earn A WordPress.org User Profile Badge

Marcel Bootsman is Walking 700km to WordCamp Europe to Raise Funds for DonateWC

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In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Fred Meyer, David Hayes, and Alex Denning of WPShout to learn about WPShout’s Pro Community. This community aims to bring people together to learn from each other and provide one-to-one mentorship opportunities with David and Fred. Later in the show, John and I discuss why it’s a matter of when and not if, Dark Mode will be added to WordPress. We round out the show by discussing burnout and some other personal things. Stories Discussed: Dark Mode is Possibly Coming to a WordPress Dashboard Near You WordPress Coding Standards…

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WPTavern: WordCamp Wilmington Cancelled Due to Hurricane Florence

WPTavern: WordCamp Wilmington Cancelled Due to Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is forecast to make landfall as a major hurricane near Wilmington, North Carolina bringing potentially catastrophic flooding and strong winds to the region.

Hurricane Florence Forecast Track From the National Hurricane Center

Because of the hurricane, WordCamp Wilmington which was scheduled to take place September 22nd and 23rd has been cancelled.

“We wish all of our WordCamp Wilmington enthusiasts a minimum of impact from Hurricane Florence,” Helen Rittersporn, one of the event’s organizers said.

“On behalf of my fellow Organizers for 2018 WordCamp Wilmington, we are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2019!”

Safety of Attendees, Speakers, and Sponsors Takes Priority

Peter La Fond, one of the event’s lead organizers, says the decision to cancel the event has been mentally taxing to him and the team.

“From the beginning, the decision making was really hard,” he said. “How we made the decision about this was very fluid. The entire team has been texting back and forth every several hours on various decisions over many days.

“We ended up having to set thresholds in advance for canceling. Then on Monday morning, we started to get inquiries and cancellations of attendees, vendors and speakers so we had to make a call.”

Although a lot hours were spent by volunteers to organize the event, speaker, attendee, and sponsor safety took priority.

“The organizing team is totally bummed about canceling the event considering the amount of effort we put into organizing it,” La Fond said. “However, we’re more concerned about the safety and security of our family and friends. Especially those who chose to stay.”

Those who purchased tickets are eligible for a refund. But due to evacuations and the length of time the storm is expected wreak havoc in the area, organizers will not be able to fulfill refund requests until after the storm has passed.

This is the second time a tropical weather system has postponed or cancelled a WordCamp in the US. In 2016, WordCamp Orlando was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.


Hurricane Florence is forecast to make landfall as a major hurricane near Wilmington, North Carolina bringing potentially catastrophic flooding and strong winds to the region. Hurricane Florence Forecast Track From the National Hurricane Center Because of the hurricane, WordCamp Wilmington which was scheduled to take place September 22nd and 23rd has been cancelled. “We wish all of our WordCamp Wilmington enthusiasts a minimum of impact from Hurricane Florence,” Helen Rittersporn, one of the event’s organizers said. “On behalf of my fellow Organizers for 2018 WordCamp Wilmington, we are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2019!” Safety of Attendees, Speakers, and Sponsors…

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WPTavern: Meetup Group Organizers Can Now Earn A WordPress.org User Profile Badge

WPTavern: Meetup Group Organizers Can Now Earn A WordPress.org User Profile Badge

The WordPress Community team has unveiled a new tool called Meetup Tracker. This tool replaces the Meetup Status Document and will enable Global Community Team members to more easily track all Meetup.com groups.

There’s also a new application form available for organizers looking to join the WordPress Meetup Chapter Program. Groups that are part of the program have their Meetup.com fees paid for by WordPress Community Support PBC.

Thanks to the new system that is hosted on the backend of WordCamp Central, the community team is able to award badges to meetup organizers which will be displayed on their WordPress.org user profiles.

Example of Contribution Badges Displayed on WordPress.org User Profiles

In order to receive a badge and to fill the new system with updated information, organizers with meetups that are part of the chapter program are required to add the following information to this Google Document.

  • WordPress.org username for main contact
  • WordPress.org usernames of all organizers
  • Whether or not the contact’s WordPress.org email address is still valid

Badges were added to WordPress.org user profiles as part of a redesign in 2014 and are a quick way to gauge a person’s activity and or interests across the WordPress project.

The meetup organizer’s badge design has yet to be determined. For more information or if you have questions, please leave a comment on the announcement post.


The WordPress Community team has unveiled a new tool called Meetup Tracker. This tool replaces the Meetup Status Document and will enable Global Community Team members to more easily track all Meetup.com groups. There’s also a new application form available for organizers looking to join the WordPress Meetup Chapter Program. Groups that are part of the program have their Meetup.com fees paid for by WordPress Community Support PBC. Thanks to the new system that is hosted on the backend of WordCamp Central, the community team is able to award badges to meetup organizers which will be displayed on their WordPress.org…

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WPTavern: WordPress Coding Standards 1.1.0 Released

WPTavern: WordPress Coding Standards 1.1.0 Released

The WordPress Coding Standards version 1.1.0 has been released on GitHub. This release includes more stringent function call formatting checks which are explained in the handbook. There’s also stricter checks for overrides of WordPress global variables.

To see a full list of what was changed, fixed, and added, check out the changelog.


The WordPress Coding Standards version 1.1.0 has been released on GitHub. This release includes more stringent function call formatting checks which are explained in the handbook. There’s also stricter checks for overrides of WordPress global variables. To see a full list of what was changed, fixed, and added, check out the changelog.

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